In very quick and unsurprising fashion, Juventus and Genoa have agreed to have former Rossoblu hero Mattia Perin return to the place where he made his name.
After reports earlier in the week that suggested Juve and Genoa are close to agreeing to a loan deal where Perin moved back to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the negotiations have pretty much been closed, according to reports on Saturday. Both Nicolo Schira of La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio have reported that Juventus and Genoa have agreed to a loan deal for Perin that would see the 27-year-old goalkeeper head back to his former club on loan for the second half of the season and be worth up to €1.5 million.
More from Di Marzio’s website:
Mattia Perin is heading toward a return to Genoa. The class of ‘92 keeper is already expected to arrive in the city tomorrow, confirming his imminent return to the rossoblù after appearing 151 times for the club.
The formula of the deal is a dry loan from Juventus: documents are currently being exchanged between the two parties after the final details had been defined by the player’s agent, Alessandro Lucci.
As you will notice, there is one major difference from the first round of reporting of a potential deal to what Di Marzio reported on Saturday. It’s the fact that Perin’s return to Genoa will be a dry loan for the next six months, not the loan-with-option-to-buy deal that we first heard about (and what made a whole lot of sense) a few days earlier. Who knows if there will be an actual option for Genoa to retain Perin past the second half of the season or if they want to see how he plays first — as well as healthy he is for a long period of time — before they enter into any negotiations for a permanent transfer.
Either way, Juventus’ backup goalkeeper from last season looks like he is about to have the chance to become a starter once more.
And, for somebody in Perin’s position these days, looking to get back on track both in terms of his career after a lengthy injury absence and then with the Italian national team where he was previously a regular call-up, you might as well do it somewhere that’s pretty much as familiar with you as anybody in the entire country.